Let’s be CHS ambassadors - our CHS ToT workshop in Sierra Leone ends with enthusiasm and commitment

The CHS ToT workshop in Freetown, Sierra Leone, ran from 1-4 August, hosted by GOAL, with 17 participants from four countries and nine different organisations: Action for Advocacy and Development Sierra Leone, Action for Large Scale Land Acquisition Transparency, CAFOD, GOAL, the Lutheran Church in Liberia, Lutheran Development Services, Plan International, Welthungerhilfe and World Vision.
The workshop ended on 4 August with an interesting and informative day of training practice sessions delivered by the participants. 
The first slide of the first training practice session presentation read ‘Let’s be CHS ambassadors’, and the workshop participants will be very well suited to take this on, with their ability, enthusiasm and commitment. Creativity was also much in evidence, with one group hand-drawing fantastic re-interpretations of the icons for the nine commitments (and inventing new ones, for the four humanitarian principles). One group delivered their session in the format of a call-in radio show, and another undertook a role play to highlight the value of project inception meetings in relation to Commitment 4 of the CHS. The final group looked at how the CHS might be used by organisations in advocacy work relating to large-scale land acquisitions in the region, and they too linked this particularly to Commitment 4, which states that communities and people affected by crisis should know their rights and entitlements, have access to information and should participate in decisions that affect them. 
Congratulations to all involved – it was a great pleasure to spend the week with them!
In the course evaluations, participants gave some very positive feedback of the workshop:
  • I am now far more comfortable with the content and format of the CHS.
  • I can now better relate the material into program design and implementation.
  • Going through the commitments step by step was great learning, with examples and activities.
  • Our knowledge has been built for future adaptation and rollout of the CHS.
  • I now have a good plan to deliver training on the CHS myself, and a good understanding of the CHS and its application.
  • It was great to share experiences and examples with the other participants.
  • The fact that the CHS Alliance offers follow-up support after the training is excellent.
  • The facilitator was friendly, and made people understand every bit of every session.
  • I can use some parts of the course to improve the work and the spirit within my team.
  • The course has given me the confidence to talk about the CHS anywhere.
  • I was able to get a clear understanding of the nine commitments and how useful they can be in my work.
The next Training of Trainers on the Core Humanitarian Standard will take place in Geneva in October, and is already full with a waiting list. Due to the level of demand, we are about to confirm an additional ToT workshop to take place in Kampala, Uganda, in January 2018. Details will be posted on the website shortly.
If you have any questions about training by the CHS Alliance, please do not hesitate to get in touch with our Membership Services Manager (kglisson@chsalliance.org).